2002 Suzuki XL-7

Change Vehicle

2002 Suzuki XL-7

Search Inventory Near You


Available in 8 styles:  XL-7 shown
Print


Asking Price Range
$2,166–$7,626

Estimated MPG

17–18 city / 20 hwy


See Photos & Videos


Summary

    Expert Reviews 1 of 3

By 

Cars.com National
Vehicle Overview
Introduced during the 2001 model year and badged as the Grand Vitara XL-7, Suzuki’s newest and largest model is marketed under the XL-7 designation alone in order to draw a distinction between it and the smaller Grand Vitara. The XL-7 name denotes the vehicle’s seven-passenger capacity; it is designed with two bucket seats in front, a three-place bench in the center and a split, folding rear seat that holds two. The Grand Vitara, in contrast, seats only five.

For 2002, the standard XL-7 seats five occupants, but upscale models hold seven. Suzuki has designed a new, flat load floor for all models. The XL-7’s V-6 engine gets a 13-horsepower boost for 2002. Four-wheel-drive models get heated mirrors, and the Limited 4WD comes with heated front seats. Antilock brakes are now standard with 4WD, and all models add LATCH child-safety seat tethers.



In crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the XL-7 received the worst score of seven midsize SUVs tested for damage in a 5-mph bumper impact. The total damage in four tests came to $5,802, in what the IIHS called “a terrible showing, the worst of a generally bad lot.”

Suzuki is one of the smaller Japanese manufacturers and has specialized in small cars and SUVs for years. The Swift subcompact has been dropped, so now only one passenger car, the Esteem, is left in the Suzuki lineup, which includes a total of four SUVs. General Motors owns a stake in Suzuki, but no plans have been announced to share the XL-7 with GM.



Exterior
It’s easy to see the family resemblance between the XL-7 and Grand Vitara. But at 110.2 inches, the XL-7’s wheelbase is more than a foot longer than the Grand Vitara’s, and the XL-7’s overall length is 19 inches greater at 183.7 inches. Like other Suzuki SUVs, the XL-7 is built on a truck chassis. A side-hinged tailgate opens to the right.



Interior
Seven seats are arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration. The middle seat and split rear seat both fold down but are not removable. Five-passenger models lack the third-row seat.



Under the Hood
Equipped with either rear-drive or four-wheel drive, the XL-7 carries a 2.7-liter V-6 engine that now produces 183 hp, up from 170 hp in previous models. A four-speed-automatic and five-speed-manual transmission are available. Antilock brakes are standard.



Driving Impressions
Performance is eager enough, though not startling, and Suzuki’s automatic transmission yields quick, crisp shifts. The XL-7 maneuvers easily through corners and curves, and it exhibits a bit of body lean but not to a troubling degree. It is easy to drive and demands only slight correction on the highway. Ride quality isn’t particularly rough, ranking just above the SUV norm, but you do notice nearly all of the pavement imperfections.

Front-seat occupants get plenty of space, but the second row is a little short on legroom and would be a squeeze for three occupants. With the third-row seats in place, there’s only a narrow cargo shelf at the rear. Looking into the inside rearview mirror, the second- and third-row headrests can be more distracting than the spare tire that protrudes up into the back window.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

    Expert Reviews 1 of 3

Featured Services for this Suzuki XL-7

  • Sell your current car quickly and easily on Cars.com.
  • Not sure what auto repair should cost you? Use our price estimator.
  • Get help with car repair now on Cars.com. Visit Repair & Care

Search Inventory Near You

Calculate Monthly Payment

What will my monthly cost be?

Check Payment

Calculate Affordable Price

What is the most I can afford?

Check Price

More Calculators

Compare finance offers to decide what's right for you.

Certain specifications, prices and equipment data have been provided under license from Chrome Data Solutions ("Chrome Data"). ©2013 Chrome Data Solutions, LP. All Rights Reserved. This information is supplied for personal use only and may not be used for any commercial purpose whatsoever without the express written consent of Chrome Data. Chrome Data makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, with respect to the data presented here. All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice.